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Achiron: Why is this on DPR? Does this really interest any serious photographer? even the least sophisticated photographer will know that smasung's s7 will be better on any situation, yet DPR is flooded with articles about mediocre sensors being utilized in a bad way in cheaply made devices. I come here to read about photography equipment, not about new Chinese cash grabs (ever tried claiming warranty or asking RMA from Chinese vendors?).

Did you know there is a Chinese brand of MF lenses that is copying Leica? Zonlai (can check in my equipment). Some story about those guys would be interesting.

Why it is on DPR? Because they made you look.

Oh, and it has impressive (on paper at least) camera specs for a $300 phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 19:19 UTC

It's getting really hard to want to spend $700 on a Galaxy or iPhone when options like this are becoming common.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 19:05 UTC as 8th comment | 11 replies
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fPrime: Thanks for posting a real world use of the tech. Although interesting to see, I leave with the impression that the Theta is a device that is broadly suitable for its time... quick disposable images for the age of posting disposable I-was-there selfies on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

A lot of people like to criticize the world today, but prior to camera phones and the like, people used Box Brownies and Instamatics. Most people have always just wanted "I was there" snaps.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 17:30 UTC
On article 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners announced (75 comments in total)
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KAllen: Nice pictures, my iPhone drives me nuts, it never is on the setting I think it's on, slow to react, takes what seams like an age to sort itself out and switch on. That and the battery soon runs down if serious shooting.
Not my weapon of choice other than it's in my pocket.

You can't even turn a DSLR on and bring it to your eye in less than 2 seconds.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:19 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (208 comments in total)
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Teila Day: Hmmm. $2600? Here's how I look at pricing. When shooting portraits of all ages, what would I rather use invest in, a Sony $2600 70-200 f/2.8, or a used Nikon/Canon lens for less than half that amount and get the same practical performance? Further, would I rather shoot with the 70-200 or pay $1k or so more and buy a used Canon/Nikon 200mm f/2?

If I was starting out and buying lenses, that would be my thought process and I'd jump on the latter before the former and get more for my money. I realize that a big prime isn't for everyone, but $2,600 for a Sony 70-200... I wouldn't bite unless it offered something far and above competitors; e.g. a real-world 6 stop stabilization, built in 1.7x teleconverter, etc..

This is part of a system, not a single choice made in a vacuum.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (208 comments in total)
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osan: 6 years ago Canon 70-200 MkII didn't have much competition in this segment except for Nikon. If Sony want to compete they should have priced it closer to Canon/Nikon. They either think the lens is superior to the competition or relying on being spoiled by certain websites.

Canon 70-200 mkII launched at $2499. Seems like they did price it close to the Canon.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:11 UTC

I want to dismiss this as different from regular photography. But it is really just extreme wide angle photography. The same core principles of controlling lighting, what's in the frame and deciding where to stand all apply.

Seems like a rig with two cameras facing opposite directions and using fisheye lenses could recreate this. You might need to take one shot and then another with the rig rotated 90 degrees to fill in all the gaps, but shouldn't be too hard. And given what slightly older SLRs and Samyang Fisheye lenses sell for, it wouldn't be that expensive, either.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:07 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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Henry McA: Not really nifty that fifty. But to whom it concerns, perhaps worth a look. I´d rather take the Canon 50 1.4 or Sigma 50 1.4 (if I was into sharpness & stuff).

The Canon 1.4 is very satisfying, given the cost to performance ratio.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:04 UTC
On article 2016 iPhone Photography Award winners announced (75 comments in total)
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KAllen: Nice pictures, my iPhone drives me nuts, it never is on the setting I think it's on, slow to react, takes what seams like an age to sort itself out and switch on. That and the battery soon runs down if serious shooting.
Not my weapon of choice other than it's in my pocket.

Not sure what is wrong with yours. The iPhones I have used start the camera in an instant by swiping the right side of the screen and have zero shutter lag. I wish my new LG was as fast to start and shoot as my phone 5s was.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 20:37 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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Khun_K: all these high end lenses suggest a pro model is coming, and not necessary A7 size, pro can accept a bit (just a bit) bigger that balance these heavy weight better. It's all good. The 55/1.8 is very good and will last for some more time. There are lots of choice and is good for users.

Did the 35mm f1.4 and 90mm f2.8 Macro released over a year ago signal that, too?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 19:53 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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Henry McA: Not really nifty that fifty. But to whom it concerns, perhaps worth a look. I´d rather take the Canon 50 1.4 or Sigma 50 1.4 (if I was into sharpness & stuff).

"Canon doesn't even play in this genre".....

I'd bet there are more paid photos taken with the Canon 50L than all Sony lenses combined.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 19:51 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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nofumble: Did Sony know that they still don't have a 135mm prime?

There are no lenses on earth that could make the 135L look like "shooting through the bottom of a Coke bottle"

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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John van Stralen: Too big, too heavy and too expensive so I will pass on this one also like all the other 1.4 lenses, I will stick with the 35 mm 2.8 and 28mm 2.0, sorry but I did buy several Sony Full Frame cameras for lightweight so that's what I want and not the same heavy lenses as in my DSLR days.
Why not make an original A7R with only an upgraded mount and shutter, I still love the size and weight and I will stick to that with lightweight lenses also for the time being.

So get the 50mm f1.8?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 19:48 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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Kamox: The best choice I've ever made among my lens choices was to get rid of the 50/1.4 and getting an used 85/1.8 instead (I use Nikons but the same applies to various brands).
I encourage you to try this road if you're into portraits.

A normal prime is for different kind of portraits. Usually framed wider with a closer feeling perspective. One is not better than the other.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:48 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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ZeneticX: Samyang have a 50mm F1.4 AF that's gonna be priced less than $600

Is the Sony Zeiss gonna be $900 better?

If you spent the $900, then it is "SO MUCH better". If you didn't spend the $900, then it is "pretty much the same thing".

You know how it goes.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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LiveFromPhilly: Finally a fast 50! As a street shooter, you can never have too many options at 50mm.

When I shoot street I use 3 cameras and switch between the 50mm f1.4, 50mm f1.8 and 55mm f1.8. Never too many 50's.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Chaitanya S: that size and price, thats sore point for a system that lacks good 1st party lens choices. While fanboys are in denial over lack of choice and the fact that these lenses are not smaller or lighter compared to DSLR brethren and infact sometimes are more expensive than DSLR lenses.

I have a hard time finding any real holes in the lineup (barring exotic telephotos). The main issue for many is the prices of a lot of them. But that's not the same as not having lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:28 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Neez: I'll stick with the 55mm F1.8. I wouldn't want to shoot at f1.4 most of the time anyways due to the very narrow depth of field. Even with my 55mm, i have to bump it up to F2.0 or higher sometimes.

Most people who own f1.4 lenses don't shoot them wide open all the time. Just like most people with FF don't shoot ISO 25600 all the time. But when you need/want to it's nice to have the option.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:24 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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mario GTI: Where is $500 FE 85mm 1.8?

Don't need Zeiss.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:11 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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adengappasami: High time sigma just made fe mount lenses

I think their plan is to sell you adapted SA and EF mount designs. They are even selling the 50mm f1.4 Art with an Adapter as a kit now: https://www.amazon.com/Sigma-Canon-Converter-Adapter-ZI954/dp/B01DESEPXW

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
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